India Calling! Indian Americans Pitch in!
By Swati Arun
As the second wave of the fatal virus burns through India, Indians living abroad are leaving no stone unturned to help India beat Covid-19.
Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) is partnering with Navya Care, to send high-quality oxygen concentrators to underserved COVID-19 patients in India.
Several FedEx 777 charter planes have landed in India with over eighty-one thousand kilos of medical supplies, oxygen concentrators, and over three hundred thousand N95 masks.
The campaign, HC4O2 (Hindu Charities for Oxygen), is raising funds to ensure a speedy and reliable supply of oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies for maximum impact during this emergency.
“We were collectively hurting to do something to help the situation in India. We chose to align with Navya Care as they had already figured out the sourcing, transport, and distribution of oxygen concentrators.
It’s a relief to see the concentrators already at work at hospitals throughout the country”, says Gulshan Singh, Vice-President Communications, Hindu Charities for America.
These oxygen concentrators are state-of-the-art, INOGEN GEN 5 made in the USA and subsidized to fifty percent of the price; freight carriers are transporting supplies at no-cost agreements. One oxygen concentrator can be used by sixty patients for one month.
Navya Care is working with Tata Memorial Centre and the National Cancer Grid network of over two hundred hospitals across India to ensure no delays in access to supplies once they reach India. Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Deputy Director of Epidemiology, Tata Memorial Centre congratulated us saying “Great job team for smooth job.
You all have done custom clearance in a record time of less than two hours. That is phenomenal. US team did a fabulous job of perfect paperwork.”
Dr. Pramesh, Coordinator of the National Cancer Grid, said: “We are collecting requests for equipment and consumables from hospitals across the NCG, and mapping the current incidence of Covid-19 infections to determine where the greatest needs are and prioritizing government and charitable organizations to finalize the allocation.”
These concentrators will be distributed across Goa, Delhi, Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar, and Jharkhand.
Gitika Srivastava, Founder, CEO of Navya Care said “I got goosebumps to be a part of such an incredibly amazing group of people. Thank you!
Every dollar donated is tax-exempted. Please share this initiative with friends and family. We can together save hundreds of lives!”
HC4A or Hindu Charities for America is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization that is based in Austin, Texas. Its mission is to bridge income disparities through education.
Over the last ten years, it has strived to close the gaps in education by providing schooling’s needs and vocational scholarships to young students who are homeless and below the poverty line in the USA.